Concerto for Two Pianos, Etc.
With the exception of the 'Sextet for Diverse Instruments' and the 'Voices in the Wind,' this CD strongly showcases the piano -- the 'transcendental' piano, in the sense that Liszt used the word. In other words, 'damned difficult.' This is certainly the case with the eponymous 'Three Transcendental Piano Pieces' that open the CD, but especially in the work that brings it to a conclusion: the 'Concerto for Two Pianos, Strings, Wind Ensemble & Timpani.' (See, you start out with the 'Three Transcendental Piano Pieces', move on to the less demanding 'Seven Page Sonata for Guitar and Piano'; thence to the 'Sextet' and the 'Voices in the Wind'; then take a deep breath and prepare to go to hell with the 'Concerto for Two Pianos.' There IS some method in this madness.) I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed composing the music on this CD. Much of it was rather like bobsledding without having to deal with snow. OK, I've lived most of my life in Los Angeles; and the thin air of the mountains to the east of the city, where it snows, makes my nose bleed. In short, the view from way up there is lovely, but the beach bum in me always wins hands down. Finally, I should mention that I do 'out' the origin of the theme used in the 'Bipolar Piano Variations' -- in the Notes on the Music that accompanies the CD. But, then, you may already have guessed what that is...?